Diamond photography is a common source of frustration for many jewelers for many reasons. Diamonds are highly reflective; thus, making you feel like you’re photographing mirrors, and their different characteristics make them exhibit different personalities under varying lighting conditions. As such, photographing diamonds requires technical knowledge of photography—a knowledge most jewelers don’t have. So, in the face of challenges, they turn to experts.
But what if we told you that nowadays you could do it yourself. And even better, you could do it yourself in just one click?
The GemLightbox Macro
The GemLightbox Macro is an all-in-one diamond studio designed for capturing loose stones and diamonds. This device can capture 10x magnified diamond images and 360 videos with high color accuracy and details using market-leading technology.
Mastering Diamond Photography with GemLightbox Macro
Step 1. Turn on the Macro and remove the reflector cover.
First, turn on the device and remove the front reflector cover.
The reflector does not only function as a front cover, but it also redirects lights towards the diamond or loose stones.
Step 2. Set up the smartphone stand.
If this is your first time using the Macro, ensure that you set up the smartphone stand before anything else so that you don’t have to configure it again the next time you use it. Setting up your smartphone stand before a photoshoot saves time and supports ease-of-use.
Set up your smartphone stand in the way that the smartphone camera aligns with the macro lens exactly.
Step 3. Choose a loose stone disc.
After setting up your smartphone stand, choose the disc you want to use for the photoshoot and place it on top of the metal stand inside the GemLightbox.
The GemLightbox Macro comes with three different loose stone discs in different sizes and colors.
- The small disc for stones under 1 ct.
- The medium disc for 1-10ct.
- The large disc for 10ct and above.
Ensure that the size of the disc you chose is appropriate to the size of the stone for proper balance.
Further, choose an appropriate color as the background can affect the appearance of diamonds and loose stones. Additionally, consider the purpose of your photoshoot.
For instance, a black background is perfect for light-toned gemstones as it creates a contrast that adds drama to the images or videos. It is also ideal for building your social media aesthetic. Meanwhile, white is an ideal background for poorly cut gems. It can also minimize unwanted shadows and is a requirement for selling on different e-commerce platforms.
Step 4. Place the diamond on the disc.
After choosing the disc, place the diamond on the disc inside the GemLightbox.
For this demo, we photographed a 1.5 champagne diamond on a white disc to achieve a perfect white background image and video.
Be mindful of the way the diamond is positioned on the disc. Proper positioning is critical to the quality of the image or video. Make sure it is centered, and the stone is not too far backward or too far forward. To get the positioning correctly, use the width and height adjuster on the side of the Macro.
Step 5. Put back the reflector cover and position your smartphone.
When you’re all set, put back the reflector cover and position your smartphone.
While you can use your phone’s native camera here, it is highly recommended to use the GemLightbox app as it was built to complement each other and reinforce optimal image and video quality.
Step 6. Lastly, click to capture and save.
Finally, when you’re all set, click to capture and hit ‘save’.
As you can see, the GemLightbox Macro eliminates the need for technical expertise. You don’t need to worry about proper lighting sources, grand studio set up, and knowing how to control them.
Diamonds and gemstones require different lighting, and lighting is essential in mastering diamond photography. The GemLightbox Macro is fitted with four lighting options with perfect color temperature to capture accurate colors and maximum details.
- The blue lighting is a 6500k soft lighting perfect for colored diamonds and semi-precious stones.
- The white lighting is a 5500K soft lighting for diamonds and precious stones like sapphires.
- Sparkles is a direct set of 5500K lights that bring out the natural sparkles.
- The yellow lighting is a 3500k soft lighting perfect for emeralds, rubies, and alexandrites.
The GemLightbox Macro is made from durable materials ensuring that it would remain functional for years to come without requiring excessive repair or maintenance. It is also easy to clean using just a microfiber cloth and non-toxic acidic cleaners. Don’t forget to practice regular cleaning to keep your Macro in mint condition.
Watch our GemLightbox Macro demo below.
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